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Debate over giant turbines

Plans to build the country's biggest wind turbine off the Northumberland coast are set to be approved by councillors. If approved the project will see seven new turbines on the north site of the River Blyth to replace the existing Blyth Harbour wind farm. Six of the turbines will tower 125m from base to blade tip while the seventh, planned for the Battleship Wharf site at Cambois, would measure a total of 163m in height - the country's biggest to date. ...Blyth Valley Borough Council has already said it will not object to the project. The turbines will be more than three times bigger than the current structures and much more powerful.

Plans to build the country's biggest wind turbine off the Northumberland coast are set to be approved by councillors.

If approved the project will see seven new turbines on the north site of the River Blyth to replace the existing Blyth Harbour wind farm.

Six of the turbines will tower 125m from base to blade tip while the seventh, planned for the Battleship Wharf site at Cambois, would measure a total of 163m in height - the country's biggest to date.

A special meeting of Wansbeck District Council's regulatory committee is being held on Tuesday, January 8, to discuss the plans.

The scheme, drawn up by developer Hainsford Energy, the owner of the Blyth wind farm, has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Blyth Valley Borough Council has already said it will not object to the project.

The turbines will be more than three times bigger than the current structures and much more powerful.

The re-powered wind farm will meet about 10 per cent of Northumberland's target for renewable energy capacity by 2010 and produce enough electricity to power 11,600 homes - or 43.7 per cent of Wansbeck's domestic needs.

A report into the application says the two... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Plans to build the country's biggest wind turbine off the Northumberland coast are set to be approved by councillors.

If approved the project will see seven new turbines on the north site of the River Blyth to replace the existing Blyth Harbour wind farm.

Six of the turbines will tower 125m from base to blade tip while the seventh, planned for the Battleship Wharf site at Cambois, would measure a total of 163m in height - the country's biggest to date.

A special meeting of Wansbeck District Council's regulatory committee is being held on Tuesday, January 8, to discuss the plans.

The scheme, drawn up by developer Hainsford Energy, the owner of the Blyth wind farm, has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Blyth Valley Borough Council has already said it will not object to the project.

The turbines will be more than three times bigger than the current structures and much more powerful.

The re-powered wind farm will meet about 10 per cent of Northumberland's target for renewable energy capacity by 2010 and produce enough electricity to power 11,600 homes - or 43.7 per cent of Wansbeck's domestic needs.

A report into the application says the two existing off-shore wind turbines do not form part of the application, but are likely to be repaired in Spring 2008 and brought back into production.

Alongside the £30m New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC), which employs 50 skilled scientists and engineers in Blyth, the project is also seen by many as strengthening the town's growing reputation as the UK hub for green energy development, the report adds.


Source: http://www.newspostleader.c...

JAN 3 2008
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